I can’t believe it’s August already! Where is this year going?????? I have just realised how long it has been since my last blog post, and I have been so naughty neglecting it! But…….you may be happy to know (or not!) that I have just brainstormed a load of topics for future blog posts, so stay tuned!
Anyway, to catch you all up on what has been happening in my little corner of the world……..
I recently attended a wirework jewellery class. It was run by the very lovely Jo of Willow Moon jewellery (See link below) and the class was to make a wirework bracelet and ring in copper wire. Jo also offered the option to make in sterling silver, for a very small extra fee. I really wanted to make something that I could wear every day, so I went for the sterling silver option!
After a good introductory chat from Jo, where she explained all about what we would be making, the different options, and an overview of the tools we would be using, we got started! I chose to do a sleek, non-beaded bracelet. Jo measured out the wire we would need, and we got to work! The design used seven lengths of wire, and I swapped two of them for copper to add another pretty element.
All throughout the day Jo explained, and demonstrated, each technique very clearly and by mid-afternoon myself, and the other three ladies had all managed to finish our bracelets! They were all very different – but equally beautiful! To finish off the class, we then made wire wrapped rings! Jo had a lovely assortment of beads for us to choose from, and I think we all managed to make at least two! They were quite quick and easy, and huge amounts of fun!
Jo had also brought some examples of her own work in, which were completely drool-worthy! She also had an assortment of semi-precious cabochons, and the most gorgeous lilac coloured pearls that she explained a lady had used in a previous workshop to make her bridal tiara! How amazing is that!
The class ended far too quickly for me! I could have stayed on for hours! But Jo did send me home with the copper wire that I would have used for the standard class option, so I had goodies to play with at home!
Needless to say, when I got home I promptly got my tools out and had a practice, and managed to make another two, slimmer, bracelets!
So, the end of this tale is that I have completely fallen in love with wirework! I ordered some supplies in, and I have been practising! Many of you will know that I have a hoard of gemstones and beads, and this is giving me a fantastic chance to use some of them!
I have made myself a pendant in a similar style to my bracelet, and a couple of wire tree of life pendants, wrapped around some gorgeous labradorite!
I will keep you updated on my wirework experimentations, but I also wanted to quickly mention a big upcoming project. Starting from the 1st September, I am running a month long Stitch-A-Long! There are plenty of details on my facebook page and group, but this will also have its own blog post shortly!
In the meantime, I hope you are all enjoying the lovely weather – stay safe! Wear sunscreen!